Edit a contact's Name Details | webOS Nation

Edit a contact's Name Details

by Adam Marks Tue, 07 Dec 2010 3:42 pm EST

As we have reviewed in the past, searching for a contact throughout webOS is pretty easy to do with Universal Search, the ability to use wild cards, and using a contact's initials to narrow down search results. However, there are times when using a person's first initial and last name doesn't yield the proper results. Typically, this is a result of the person's name details (i.e. first name, middle name, last name) being incorrectly tagged in webOS, especially if their last name has a space in it. So, let's assume you are friends with The Count from Sesame Street. You add a new contact with a name of "Count von Count". Unfortunately, while his last name is "von Count", webOS will actually assume that his middle name is "von" and last name is "Count", and may therefore not find his when you perform your contact searches. Luckily, fixing this is relatively easy and all you need to do is continue reading after the break

To adjust how webOS reads a contact's name:

  • Name Details Just search for the contact and open up the contact record
  • Press the "Edit" button in the bottom left of the screen.
  • From the Edit Contact screen, swipe down from the top-left of the screen to bring down the Contact Application drop-down menu and select "Name Details"
  • As you can see in the screenshot, you can now specify how the name should be displayed, even including adding a Prefix (e.g. Dr., Mrs., etc) and/or a suffix (Sr., Jr., III, etc).


  • Prefixes and Suffixes are display only, and not included while searching for a contact
  • For contacts from read-only accounts(e.g. Facebook, Yahoo), you are unable to edit these details
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